We left hotel at around 10 ot therabouts and it was a bit overcast and even got a drizzle. Nothing worrying so we did not stop to put rain gear on. We could also see that on the horizon where we were going to, weather looked better. We rode through the streets of Florence and as we left the central part it became similar to other cities.
Bo had set up a route that first part would be on the A1 highway so we would get to Lake Garda quite fast and then we would ride in smaller roads as we got closer to Lake Garda. Our accomodation was on the NW past of the lake and we would be arriving from the South and then would ride to the NE part and then take a ferry across the lake to the NE part and ride a bit north to our accomodation. Bo, Joy and Steve were staying in an hotel up the mountain whereas Paula and I would be staying in hotel by the lake.
We had done about one hours riding when we saw warnings on the highway that there was an accident and traffic was backed up for about 8 kms (5 miles). We waited but as traffic did not move we decided to ride on the right side and overtook this waythis huge traffic jam. Bo measured and it was probably more like 20 Kms of start stop traffic so it was a good decision as otherwise we would have arrived at least hours later and ride up the mountain in the dark would have been very difficult.
The castle is open to the public and it has been restored to its original splendor. Thousands of tourists cross the drawbridge each day to stroll in the shadows of its crenellated walls. You can even climb the tower to enjoy the panorama of the lower lake area. From its bastions you can see the tapered shape of the Sirmione peninsula. In the village, tourists can take a leisurely stroll along the narrow lanes that still preserve the medieval ambiance, amidst fruit stands and outdoor cafés.
The area was indeed full of tourists but as we had been delayed by the traffic jam and it was way past our lunch time we decided to move on with bikes and find a restaurant where we could have lunch at the late hour and also see the bikes.
The flag of Italy features three equal and vertical bands, making it a tricolor flag. The hoist side has a green band; white forms the center band; and the outer stripe is red. There are different interpretationd about the colors, I personally like the interpretation of the Italian flag's colors that the red shows the violent struggle to become a unified and independent nation, the green symbolizes the landscapes of Italy, while the white represents the snow-capped Alps. We had already experienced a lot of green and loved it so far and were looking forward to the mountains (Alps and Dolomites).
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